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David Trubridge Light Guide

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David Trubridge has been making lights since 2003. The Coral light is now recognised around the world.
The Designer's New Zealand location has necessitated satisfactory solutions to distance and freight and hence they develop kitset products to address these issues wherever possible.
David Trubridge cares about transparency and aspire to a business that is ethical and environmentally aware. Their lights have been referred to as green and eco-conscious and they strive to improve our processes constantly. They use sustainably sourced bamboo and avoid chemical finishes. Coloured lights (see swatches below) use a water-based paint made in New Zealand by Resene and all production occurs in Hawke's Bay, NZ.

 A buyer's guide:
1. Shadow effect: DT lights are unique. They create an ambient, rich atmosphere, evoking intimacy and warmth within a space. Our kitset lights generate shadows and patterns that reflect on the surrounding surfaces; take this into consideration when you are selecting which product to buy. What surfaces do you have in your home which might make the most of the projected reflections? Generally, the closer the light is to the surface itself, the crisper the patterns; think of walls, tables or ceilings. It's also important to consider just how much light is required for your purposes. If you feel patterns would be distracting upon a work surface (such as a desk or kitchen bench), Kina would be a good option as its enlarged aperture softens the intensity of the shadows. This is a good rule to go by; the smaller the aperture, the sharper the resulting reflections.
2. Considering day and night colourations: it might seem minor, but there's a difference between the colour of our lights when the bulb is switched on, or off. If you love the depth and richness of our colour palette, be aware that this does soften and appear much lighter once the light is on.
3. Custom colours: if you have a specific colour in mind that you'd like your light produced in, get in touch. We offer a customised colour service (at an additional cost) and can match to any Resene Lustacryl swatch.
4. Nature of the intended room: a kitchen or dining room might suit a Kina or Flax, both circular lights that don't use a lot of hanging space. Smaller spherical lights such as Coral or Floral could also work in this situation where work and conversation flow is important, or ceilings are lower. Our Mini lights look spectacular when arranged in a promenade or a cluster together.
5. Rooms with higher ceilings, corridors or stairwells can work well with more elongated pieces such as UluKoura, or Hinaki. Generally the bigger the space, the larger the light and impact.
6. If you would like a more opaque glow, rather than patterned shadows, look at the Ebb or Flow collections.
Please see the imagery below, which is a visual guide to some of these suggestions. 

The closer the light to the surface, the crisper the shadows; however, if the surface (or wall, in this case) is textured, the effect will be softened. 

If the light is positioned closely to a smooth surface, then the patterns will be sharply defined. 

The nature of the room / space is an important element to consider. Will you find patterns and shadows distracting on your desk or working surface? If not, Flax (above) is a good option for above benches, tables and so on, while Kina will be equally suitable but will impart softer reflections. 

Smaller lights look beautful displayed together, and can often be more effective than one larger feature piece (above and below).

Stairwells can become dynamic spaces by adding a series of lights, and can be a good chance to mix sizes and styles.

Hinaki brings life to narrow spaces and alcoves.

Elongated, tall lights such as these Reeds (above) and Kouras (below) are great in spaces blessed with high ceilings. Nikau and Hinaki are also options that fit into this category. 

For a closer look at where David Trubridge and his team source their bamboo, see below:


If you're still unsure, pop into our Byron Bay Showroom to see our David Trubridge selection on display or contact us. We're sure you'll find something just right for your needs.